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Freelance pianist and vocal coach Steven Vosatka '76 lives with other musicians in an estate in Monsey, N.Y., and works in the New York City area. Now in his 10th year as pianist with the Gregg Smith Singers, he joins them each summer for their Adirondack Festival of American Music in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, N.Y. He is the pianist on "Journey," a new CD of music by Dale Jergensen, performed with soprano Rosalind Rees and bass Rhys Ritter. He is seeking a publisher for a song cycle by Professor Julian Bern (music, 1954-1977).

 


Steven Vosatka '76


A modern day David and Goliath story is unfolding as Alisa Barbour '83 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and her dog, Ana Alisian, travel the nation. Ana is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the AKC category Conformation Breed Ibizan Hound, highly unusual for a dog with an amateur owner-handler and no major sponsors. The duo has competed at many prestigious dog shows, including Westminster (where she earned the only award of merit given during class judging in 2006) and the AKC National Championships, and has made appearances on Animal Planet for the Houston Eukanuba competitions. Ana is taking time off to raise puppies, www.alisian.info.

 


Alisa Barbour '83



Los Angeles-based screenwriter Brent Boyd '91 wrote the screenplay for "Aurora Borealis" starring Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis, and Joshua Jackson. The indie film premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was ranked in the top 10 by The New York Daily News. It has since won numerous awards at film festivals around the country. The personal drama about a 20-something Minnesota slacker balancing relationships with his dying grandfather and his new girlfriend originated as a play and was given its first reading in a Cornell playwriting class in 1993. The movie will open in select theaters this fall.


Brent Boyd '91



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